Police Officer Henry Anthony Acuna

Police Officer Henry Anthony Acuna

Montebello Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, October 6, 1971

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Henry Anthony Acuna

Officer Acuna was shot and killed when he responded to a robbery in progress at a liquor store at Beverly Blvd. and Via Vista. He was shot when he held his fire to protect a 64-year-old woman clerk being held hostage by the gunman.

On January 30, 1973, the arrest of a man, 31, for burglary in Los Angeles led to his arrest for Officer Acuna's murder, the kidnapping of the clerk, and five counts of armed robbery. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on July 26, 1973. He was denied parole on September 27, 2022. He can have another parole hearing in September of 2025.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, October 5, 1971
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I came to The Montebello PD in 1974 , 21/2-3 years after Officer Acuna’s death.

I worked with Lt Brown and Det Vance both of them responded to the call also.

All officers knew , respected Officer Acuna even posthumously. During my 6-7 years at MTB PD Officer Michael Christian was also shot 3 times on duty but survived only to pass late last year 2022. God Bless both Officers RIP
OFFICER PII. Badge #1128

P Ii David Robinson

October 3, 2023

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